Auas Hills lift officially open

Tanja Bause
“Montrix” the new elevator was inaugurated at the Auas Hills retirement village in Windhoek over the weekend.
Now elderly residents who are wheelchair-bound or have difficulty walking can easily reach the community hall, which also houses a church, library, hair salon, pharmacy, physiotherapist and restaurant.
The lift project was launched in February 2017. Through, among other things, pancake sales, potjiekos competitions and lucky draws, the team has women from the village - led by Monika Styger and Beatrix Cilliers - managed to raise N$750 000.
“It cost blood, sweat and tears. Early mornings to be at markets in Windhoek in time to sell our pancakes and jaffles, and late evenings to wash and store the dishes, but it was all worth it,” Cilliers said.
“I was so happy when I saw the first person in a wheelchair who used the lift. It’s for them that we did it. Now everyone can be part of everything and no one is excluded,” Styger added.